Sequel to the Award-winning “The Words Matter” credits courageous
employees who rallied against intolerance to receive equal employee
Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) in partnership with Great Big
Story, today released Out
of the Shadows, a new film chronicling P&G’s journey of Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and Transgender inclusion. The film highlights the
employees who challenged the Company and overcame adversity during the
tumultuous 1990s and early 2000s.
In 1992, P&G became one of the first Fortune 500 companies to add sexual
orientation into its diversity statement. The struggle for workplace
equality for the LGBT+ community, however, was just beginning.
Ravaged by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and fighting an increasingly vocal and
organized opposition, LGBT+ employees struggled to gain equal footing in
the workplace. P&G employees began a ten-year journey to not only
receive equal employee benefits but also to turn the tide of prejudice
in the community.
“This inspiring 25-minute film shares the story of courageous employees
who persevered in the face of prejudice, hate and intolerance. Their
journey highlights how far we’ve come, but there is still more work to
be done for equality. That is why P&G is partnering with Great Big Story
to tell their story, so others can learn from our past to make a better
future where everyone is valued, and everyone is included,” said P&G
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Shelly McNamara.
Sharing its own internal journey for LGBT+ inclusion is part of the
Company’s commitment to use its voice to start meaningful conversation
that leads to empathy and understanding. The film is being released
ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and in celebration
of Pride month.
“This is more than a corporate documentary; it’s a candid look at the
Company’s history, lessons in leadership and courage, and a channel to
continue social discussions about diversity and inclusion,” added Brent
Miller, P&G Associate Director, Communications, and the film’s Executive
Producer. “It was important for us to transparently share our journey
because it reflects what happened at so many other companies and can
hopefully inspire a new generation to continue to build more diverse
companies and communities.”
The full 25-minute film can be viewed here.
About P&G’s Approach to Citizenship
Diversity and Inclusion is one of P&G’s Citizenship focus areas, along
with Ethics and Corporate Responsibility, Community Impact, Gender
Equality and Environmental Sustainability. The Company’s Citizenship
programs support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals to
end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. For more
information on P&G’s Citizenship efforts, read P&G’s 2018 Citizenship
About Procter & Gamble
P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest
portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®,
Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®,
Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®,
Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G
community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide.
Please visit http://www.pg.com for
the latest news and information about P&G and its brands.
Brent Miller, P&G Communications